Thomas Gallatin / May 7, 2020

CBS Caught Peddling Fake News

A news story displaying a long line of cars at a COVID-19 testing facility was staged.

CBS News has been exposed for staging a “news” story regarding testing for COVID-19. The segment in question appeared on “CBS This Morning.” It showed a long line of cars at a drive-in testing facility that was being run by the nonprofit organization Cherry Health, in which people were presumably being tested. CBS used the footage as part of a story featuring Michigan’s Democrat Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who blamed the federal government for failing to provide her state with enough testing resources to address the state’s pandemic needs. It served as an obvious hit piece against President Donald Trump’s leadership during this national crisis.

Furthermore, the story aimed to promote ObamaCare as a shining example of how the law enabled Cherry Health to meet the healthcare needs of the community. Of course, President Trump and Republicans have worked against that law, so the story doubled as a swipe at callous Republicans on top of relaying how the federal government’s supposed lack of support during this pandemic was putting immense strain on the health facility.

This story also has a Joe Biden connection. “Perhaps it’s not a surprise that two months ago Cherry Health hosted a campaign event for former Vice President Joe Biden, where he was lauded by Gov. Whitmer,” The Wall Street Journal observes. “Mr. Biden also promised at the event to further expand ObamaCare, which was no doubt welcome news to Cherry Health officials. Mr. Biden also had kind words for Ms. Whitmer.”

An employee of Cherry Health contacted the media watchdog Project Veritas, which released undercover videos showing several employees claiming that the long line of cars was staged, and that it was done at the behest of CBS reporters and their own boss.

CBS News denied that it staged anything and placed the blame for any apparent staging on the Cherry Health facility, though it removed the segment in question from the web. Cherry Health CEO Tasha Blackman offered the following explanation: “I did not instruct any of our staff to get in their cars as part of the line of vehicles.” Notice that neither CBS News nor Cherry Health denied that the line of cars was staged.

Irrespective of these lame denials, what this fake news once again demonstrates is the deeply biased mindset of the mainstream media, which eagerly promotes “news” stories that support a leftist narrative. Add this latest episode to the long-running series of MSM promulgation of fake news that comports with former CBS anchor Dan Rather’s infamous “fake but accurate” standard. There’s ABC News’s fake Syrian video, CNN’s scripted anti-Second Amendment rally, the staged photo of a migrant woman running with her two children among gas canisters, the migrant kids in cages taken during Barack Obama’s presidency but falsely attributed to President Donald Trump, and the Covington Catholic high-school boys being falsely labeled racists and accused of harassing a Native American on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. These are just a few of the more recent instances.

The news media have a responsibility not to be set up — to get the facts straight and report them, not to perpetrate a narrative. That in a nutshell is the overarching problem with Leftmedia.

Who We Are

The Patriot Post is a highly acclaimed weekday digest of news analysis, policy and opinion written from the heartland — as opposed to the MSM’s ubiquitous Beltway echo chambers — for grassroots leaders nationwide. More

What We Offer

On the Web

We provide solid conservative perspective on the most important issues, including analysis, opinion columns, headline summaries, memes, cartoons and much more.

Via Email

Choose our full-length Digest or our quick-reading Snapshot for a summary of important news. We also offer Cartoons & Memes on Monday and Alexander’s column on Wednesday.

Our Mission

The Patriot Post is steadfast in our mission to extend the endowment of Liberty to the next generation by advocating for individual rights and responsibilities, supporting the restoration of constitutional limits on government and the judiciary, and promoting free enterprise, national defense and traditional American values. We are a rock-solid conservative touchstone for the expanding ranks of grassroots Americans Patriots from all walks of life. Our mission and operation budgets are not financed by any political or special interest groups, and to protect our editorial integrity, we accept no advertising. We are sustained solely by you. Please support The Patriot Fund today!

★ PUBLIUS ★

“Our cause is noble; it is the cause of mankind!” —George Washington

The Patriot Post is protected speech, as enumerated in the First Amendment and enforced by the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, in accordance with the endowed and unalienable Rights of All Mankind.

Copyright © 2021 The Patriot Post. All Rights Reserved.

The Patriot Post does not support Internet Explorer. We recommend installing the latest version of Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome.